This morning we visited the Colosseum, but first our guide had to race against other guides to get our tickets. That was quite a something to behold.
We learned that no Christians were executed in the Colosseum, but many gladiator fights took place. The place was packed with people. It could hold a total 50,000 seated and 24,000 standing. One million people were killed in the Colosseum and 5 million animals were killed there.
Then we walked through the Roman Forum and saw the ruins of temples, Arch of Titus, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Basilica of Maxentius, House of the Vestal Virgins, and the Temple of Romulus.
Arch of Titus:
We passed by the Temple of Julius Caesar, saw the Senate Building, and saw the Arch of Septimus Severus. We also walked by the Supreme Court building, Castor and Pollux Temple – 487 B .C. E., Temple of Saturn, the Treasury, and Tibularium.
Then we walked up the entire Capitoline Hill and saw the square that Michelangelo designed.
Highlights of the Capitoline Museum were: Caravaggio’s masterpiece, John the Baptist, The Dying Gaul, Cupid and Psyche Kiss, the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, and the remaining parts of the statue of Constantine II. We saw remnants of the Temple of Jupiter, and tigers of inlaid marble, showing spectacular craftsmanship. We descended into the cooler depths of the archives, and also saw remnants of the Temple of Vespasian.
Caravaggio’s John the Baptist:
Caravaggio’s The Dying Gaul:
Cupid and Psyche kiss (2nd half of 2nd century AD):
The original equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius:
Remaining parts of the over-sized statue of Constantine II: marble head, hands, foot, arm, and kneecap of what was once a 12m (40-ft.) statue:
It was a wonderful day.